Welcome to the first Vidimus issue of 2021!

Our three features all have a Yorkshire focus. Amanda Daw unravels the misidentification of a miraculous mass scene in All Saints, North Street, York, and explores the significance of the Communion of St Denis in the fifteenth century. Carlotta Cammelli sheds new light on the often-overlooked Oculus of York Minster. Wandering beyond the city, Phil Thomas presents a new attribution to Henry Gyles at Knedlington Old Hall, near Howden, and traces the family networks that brought it to Knedlington.

We share warm tributes to two inspirational women, Mary Clerkin Higgins and Elena Krylova, who have sadly passed away in recent months. We also bring news of the Stained Glass Museum’s online lectures and a major new exhibition at the British Museum.

Along with reviews of Depicting St David and Orchestrations of Colour: The Stained Glass of Douglas Hamilton, we include notices of recent publications to tempt you.

As restrictions continue, we have another Lockdown Online, which features a few of our favourite online resources, exhibitions and events, to keep you entertained and fight the lockdown blues.

As always, we welcome submissions for articles, news and reviews, so please do get in touch if you have something you’d like to submit for a forthcoming issue.

This is my last issue as editor, as next month I will be passing the Vidimus torch to Dr Anya Heilpern and Christopher Parkinson. Anya’s impressive doctoral research shed new light on the early sixteenth-century glazing of the Lady Chapel and presbytery of Winchester Cathedral, and the publication of her research is eagerly anticipated. Anya will be aided by Christopher Parkinson. Christopher will be known to many as an excellent photographer and many colleagues will already be familiar with his outstanding images. He has undertaken a photographic survey of Essex glass, and is currently co-authoring a CVMA catalogue of stained glass in Essex up to 1800.

It has been a pleasure working on Vidimus over the past year, and I feel incredibly privileged to have worked with wonderful contributors and colleagues from across the world. I hope that by stepping down I will have the time to contribute a few articles of my own in the future. I wish the new editorial team, and Vidimus readers, all the best for the future.

Katie Harrison, Editor

February 2021

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